View IDF video: Operation ‘Brother’s Keeper’ get aerial assistance


Sky Rider unit assists its IDF ground forces locate & apprehend fleeing terrorists, make arrests and provide a more detailed picture of field occurrences.

By Yoav Zitun


Fighters of the Sky Rider unit who make use of the smallest drones in the IDF’s arsenal have been playing a significant role in the military’s ongoing operation to retrieve the three kidnapped teens that have been missing since Thursday night– overnight Tuesday, the unit took part in successful efforts to arrest 64 Palestinians, including 51 Hamas members who were released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal.

 With assistance from Skylark mini-UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), IDF’s ground forces were able to apprehend several terrorists who attempted to flee during the arrests.

The military troops managed to seize the terrorists after a chase, with the help of guidance from a 7-kilogram UAV system. The Sky Rider is expected to continue to participate in Operation Brother’s Keeper to locate the Israeli teens,

Sky Rider (Video: IDF)

The newest version of the Sky Rider has become operative only in recent weeks and includes measures that enable missions to be carried out even in harsh weather conditions.


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